Preparing for a Blackwater System. Thought welcome!
I have been keeping fish for roughly 25 years, but have focused on saltwater reef systems for the 10-15 years. Recently, I have started looking into trying something new and came across blackwater systems, so I am looking into, and preparing, to start up a blackwater amazon system. The plan so far is as follows:
120g 60"x18" aquarium
2 x Fluval 306/406 w/spraybars
2 x Emperor Penguin 400B HOB filters
Indian almond leaves
Thin layer of sand
Spider and/or manzanita driftwood
a few stones/rocks
Fluval 406's will be primarily for biological media
Bio-wheel filters for peat and other chemical filtration (as needed)
Stocking: (still working on a complete list)
Silver Dollars (maybe)
Any other suggestions or ideas would be welcomed. I had also considered making this bare bottom and doing a blackwater Discus tank, but that seems like a lot to take on (since I have never done blackwater or Discus). I would love to have a nice school of Discus some day!